Welcome to Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley
Nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Kooralbyn Valley boasts rolling landscapes, fresh waters and bountiful flora and fauna. Kooralbyn was one of the great pastoral properties for well over 100 years. The name Kooralbyn comes from the Aboriginal Dream Time Legend “the land of the copperhead snake”. The original settler was John ‘Tinker’ Campbell and the property formed part of the Tamrookum Run in the early 1840s. William Barker subsequently owned the property and employed Queensland’s first poet, James Stephens as a private tutor for his family and it was at Kooralbyn that his first poem, “Convict Once” was written. In 1890 William Cochrane Bundock bought the property, the price 29 shillings per acre. Over the next 43 years it remained in the Bundock family and was developed to its full potential as grazing land.
In 1973 the idea of the “The Kooralbyn Resort” was born when Sir Peter Abeles and Sir Arthur George acquired the land in concert with other financiers, planners and marketers; all dreaming of a total new concept in tourism, hospitality and community living that all could share. By 1979 the first phase of building construction was underway and the project became a subsidiary of AGC, Australia’s largest financier. AGC completed the first phase and positioned “The Kooralbyn Resort” as an inland resort – the innovative concept bringing its own challenges in marketing and operations as well as financial and human resources. In 1988 it was sold to a Japanese hotel group and in 2002 to New Zealand hotel operator Ray Schofield before going into receivership in 2008.
Current owner Peter Huang purchased the property in 2013 and invested 10 million dollars in restoring the Resort to its former beauty. The Resort now once again offers dozens of guest activities which can be incorporated into your stay. Challenge yourself on our award-winning 18-hole golf course, former home course of Jason Day and Adam Scott, with Greg Norman as its previous Tour Professional, or indulge at our wellness and health spa, utilise our equestrian and polo fields (as previously done by Kerry Packer), arrive in style on our private airfield, or take part in our laser clay pigeon shooting, Aussie Muster show, horse trail rides and dozens more activities.
Enjoy your time at our beautiful piece of paradise.